By: Diane Benjamin
First, I only watched the first hour of the 2 hour and 21 minute meeting. I flipped over to Normal at 7:00 and didn’t go back and watch the rest of Bloomington as I usually do. I’d rather be outside!
Every alderman managed to show up for this meeting. The first hour was mostly a guy from Home Sweet Home Mission and a lady from Prairie State Legal discussing the need for a navigator to assist people in danger of becoming homeless or who already are.
The discussion proved the Council had a lot more information than was provided in the packet. Documents state Members of the United Way of McLean County Housing Assistance Coalition are behind this effort. Other than that, no information was provided.
This group evidently doesn’t have the time or funds to hire a navigator. They will also be approaching Normal. Some on the Council weren’t excited about giving ARPA funds to an outside agency they have no control over. The Federal government will want reports showing how the money they printed and handed out was used.
The discussion wasn’t over in an hour, but I’m headed back outside. If you want to listen and comment, please do: